New George Zimmerman Evidence: 8 Things You Need to Know

Here are the major points from the latest trove of documents released by prosecutors in the trial of George Zimmerman for the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

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At left, Trayvon Martin in an undated photo provided by the Martin family. At right, a 2005 photo of George Zimmerman.

Correction Appended on July 12, 2012

A new batch of evidence has been released detailing the police investigation into George Zimmerman’s actions after he fatally shot Trayvon Martin. The latest stack of documents – 284 pages worth – is a compilation of witness statements and investigators’ reports collected by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the FBI in the weeks following the Feb. 26 shooting. While the documents, some heavily redacted, don’t contain any bombshells, they do confirm the extent to which authorities, both local and federal, ramped up their evidence-gathering in late March and early April after the story made front page news across the U.S.

Zimmerman, 28, walked out of jail last Friday after posting $1 million bail, a sum that was ramped up from his earlier $150,000 bail after it was found he and his wife Shellie lied about their finances. He’s charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of the 17-year-old teen. Zimmerman has maintained his innocence, claiming he fired his gun out of self-defense.

See the entirety of the evidence in the document at the bottom of this page. But in lieu of wading through almost 300 pages, here are the eight things you need to know about the latest details:

Family members are sure that the voice crying for help on 911 tapes is Martin’s.

People close to the teenager insist that the unidentified voice screaming for help on 911 tapes from the evening of Feb. 26 is Trayvon Martin’s. An investigator spoke with Martin’s cousin who said he would swear to it “on a stack of Bibles.” Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, also confirmed to investigators that the voice was her son’s. That same cousin said that he hadn’t seen Martin smoke marijuana that day, and the two had spent part of the day together.

(PHOTOS: Faces of Protest for Trayvon Martin)

Police disagreed on the extent of Zimmerman’s injuries following his altercation with Martin.

The first officer on the scene said that Zimmerman continued to bleed from the nose once he arrived at the station and had been cleaned by paramedics. However, another officer who saw Zimmerman walk in “did not notice any injury to Zimmerman’s nose,” but noted that Zimmerman was “grunting” in pain. Photos released from the night of the incident show injuries to Zimmerman’s face and the back of his head.

More accounts support Zimmerman’s version of his fight with Trayvon Martin.

New evidence indicates Zimmerman’s back was wet and covered with grass when police picked him up — which would corroborate his version of the events of that evening, in which Martin attacked him and pushed him to the ground. Most witnesses up until now were not able to confirm who was on top during the fight. However, a new witness now maintains that the man on top during the fight was the same one lying motionless on the ground after the gunshot — in other words, Martin. This evidence lends credence to Zimmerman’s story of self-defense.

Zimmerman and Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee exchanged emails long before the incident occurred.

In the weeks immediately following Trayvon Martin’s death Sanford Police maintained they had no idea who Zimmerman was; however, a video surfaced of a January 2011 city hall forum in which Zimmerman publicly lambasted the “lazy” work of Sanford police officers and claimed to have gone on ridealongs in police squad cars. Today’s evidence also released a short email exchange between Zimmerman and former Sanford police chief Bill Lee, in which Zimmerman told Lee that a helpful officer had “restored [his] faith” in the Sanford police department. Lee was fired June 20th amid accusations the police had botched their handling of Martin’s death.

(WATCH: Video Shows George Zimmerman Reenacting Fight with Trayvon Martin)

Zimmerman may have been influenced by Martin’s hoodie, not his skin color.

After interviewing dozens of friends, family, and co-workers, the FBI found no one who said Zimmerman was racist, damaging the allegations that the shooting of Trayvon Martin may have been racially motivated — charges the FBI had organized a probe to specifically investigate. A gang specialist with the Sanford Police Department told the FBI that Zimmerman’s actions may actually have been prompted by Martin’s attire. A local gang called the Goons is known to wear hoodies in cold weather. Meanwhile Sanford police detective Christopher Serino, the department’s lead investigator into the Martin killing, told FBI agents that he believed Zimmerman was a ‘soft guy’ with a ‘little hero complex’, but that he was no racist.

Zimmerman was prone to rage and violence, according to his ex-fiancée.

Zimmerman’s ex-fiancée told investigators that Zimmerman had a “bad temper” and was prone to “road rage.” She also told the FBI about the manner in which their relationship “deteriorated” after they moved in together, saying Zimmerman became overly protective and territorial. Friction between the two culminated in the breaking-off of their engagement amid mutual filings of domestic violence complaints in 2005.

New evidence confirms details of earlier crimes Zimmerman had alleged took place in the area.

During his 911 call on the night of Feb. 26, Zimmerman said he thought Martin was going to break into one of the homes in the gated Retreat at Twin Lakes community. In the call he cited several burglaries and crimes that had recently taken place. The evidence released Thursday confirms that seven burglaries, along with several drug offenses and larcenies, had been reported in the community between March 2010 and March 2012.

A friend of Zimmerman’s volunteered to be his “media consultant”.

ABC and NBC provided meals and airline tickets to an unnamed friend of George Zimmerman. The person, who met Zimmerman about six years ago, has extensive media experience and offered to be a consultant on his behalf as the case gained national attention. The man, according to his witness statement, flew around on behalf of Zimmerman attempting to secure for him a television interview.

A previous version of this article incorrectly implied that Zimmerman and Lee had worked together during Zimmerman’s time as a neighborhood watch volunteer. A representative for Lee says that Lee had only been on the job 10 months before the Trayvon Martin shooting and that this single email exchange is the only contact the two men had.

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kiashine6
kiashine6

After reading this article.. all I see is a bunch of bs facts that assumptions are being made from. They say he has a claim to self-defense, I would agree if and only if Trayvon was the doing the stalking. Being that George was doing the stalking, I dont care if Trayvon cut his nuts off... you DONT follow people especially at night. You are NOT the authorites so calling the police and MAYBE watching from a far is the best choice. How I see it is this, if you persue you no longer have the right to claim "stand your ground". Stand your ground only applies if you are indeed being attacked while trying to seperate yourself from the situation. If you are putting your self in the situation then you are causes more problems than you are solving. END OF STORY. #RIP Trayvon<3

Louis Bocchetti
Louis Bocchetti

Nothing’s changed here A Black thug assaulted a guy on the streets, who defended himself.One less Black thug in this world..thank you Zimmerman!

Humanity_seeker
Humanity_seeker

I am not sure if race had anything to do with what happened, even though there are things that could be interpreted as such no one knows but Zimmerman. The most important and overlooked part of all this is an innocent 17 year old boy lost his life for no reason by the hands of someone senior to him (even though they choose to post pictures of Zimmerman from 7 years ago) he was the adult. I am heart broken and we take this time to argue our points about racism and definitions- where is our humanity? The Truth is always true and no one can argue with that, Zimmerman had a gun, followed Martin in the dark after being advised not to and Martin was killed by Zimmerman- nothing to argue Zimmerman now must now be punished for the choices he made for himself and unfortunately Martin.

Humanity_seeker
Humanity_seeker

I am not sure if race had anything to do with what happened, even though there are things that could be interpreted as such no one knows but Zimmerman. The most important and overlooked part of all this is an innocent 17 year old boy lost his life for no reason by the hands of someone senior to him (even though they choose to post pictures of Zimmerman from 7 years ago) he was the adult. I am heart broken and we take this time to argue our points about racism and definitions- where is our humanity?

RationalLogic
RationalLogic

Chasing a kid in the dark of night with a loaded weapon is explicitly not allowed for a person with a concealed handgun license. You are required to do everything in your power to avoid any scenario that would lead to confrontation that would lead to using your weapon and chasing a kid in the dark of night after following him around the neighborhood  is NOT avoiding confrontation in any sense.

Zimmerman did not even attempt to "defend" himself through non-violent means as can easily be seen that he has no defensive wounds on his hands. Trayvon Martin also has no signs of a fight on his hands.

RationalLogic
RationalLogic

So Zimmerman wasn't following or searching for Trayon, who may have been hiding, yet he was still in the area minutes later after being told not to pursue and ended up 50 FEET away from the sidewalk he claims he never left, despite the fact that he would have had to move PAST Martin, according to the story in his own testimony?

RationalLogic
RationalLogic

The bond was raised to one million dollars solely because Zimmerman already had 200,000 dollars  donated to him that he lied to the court about. The money and his lying is literally the reason it was raised to 1,000,000 dollar bond. 

There is no "thank good lordie almighty he was donated to else he'd never get bond". You are simply a retard who does understand cause and effect.

RationalLogic
RationalLogic

"A local gang called the Goons is known to wear hoodies in cold weather."

Are you f*cking kidding me?

Aja
Aja

What GOONS gang tier list did the KKK and the Hells Angels there make?  And, if Zimmerman was so scared of Martin, how is it Zimmerman is the only one in this fight Following in a car a child that is wearing a hoodie on a rainy night on foot, Zimmerman carrying a gun as he is so scared that he gets out of his SUV on foot packing to hunt this person that is also unarmed. Oh no! Grandpa, don't go out in the rain with a hoodie, you MUST have a I AM WHITE, Don't SHOOT sign to keep from being stalked and hunted down like prey if you cover your head on a rainy night in Sanford, Fla.  Smh.... If Zimmerman was so scared he would have drove away, obeyed police dispatcher and wait for them to arrive. Oh wait.... Zimmerman told dispatcher to have police call him back on his cell to find out where he would be when they got there because wait for it..... He was so scared that he had to continue stalking his prey.  More like Zimmerman agenda was to kill the next black male he ASS-umed to be one of the people already profiled to be young black men breaking into residences there and was determined to kill to send a message out to any others that might considered coming there to commit crimes. Come here and you die.  Now that is more plausible than anything GZ says. FYI.... If Trayvon did fight, it was Trayvon standing his ground. When a predator be it a child molester, robber, serial killer and the like, nothing prevents the victim from standing their ground! Too bad Trayvon lost. If Zimmerman were killed and not Trayvon, EVERYONE listening to the police dispatch tape of Zimmerman would not be questioning this because we all know it was Zimmerman doing the stalking.  SMH......

Aja
Aja

All the members of the "Goons" gang list are also black with the exceptions of one gang on the tier being all Hispanic and a singular person being white. Sounds like now the police are racially profiling.  SMH.....

Reggie LeBlanc
Reggie LeBlanc

The Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman Case

FACT - MARTIN FB friend commented “you didn’t tell me you took a swing at a bus driver”. This statement was never confirmed as true.FACT - ZIM admitted on MySpace that his friends went to jail, and he should have also, but his friends didn’t “snitch” on him.FACT - TM was suspended at some point for truancy.FACT - ZIM was arrested for assault on a LE Officer, but the charges were dropped because he went to a diversionary program and took anger management classes.FACT - TM was suspended 10 days at the of his murder for marijuana residue in a plastic bag.FACT - ZIM’S ex-girlfriend had a restraining order taken out against him, because she alleged he assaulted her.FACT - TM had an internet persona - just like many persons have - that doesn’t make it his real life persona. FACT - TM was staying with his Father and his Father’s girlfriend in that community.

FACT - Per Sanford PD - Martin wasn’t engaged in any illegal activity.FACT - Zim racially profiled Martin as a criminal, and followed/chased, pursued, and confronted Martin, and unarmed teenager, on a dark, rainy night, un-uniformed, unidentified, with a gun - the aforementioned behavior constitutes aggravated assault.FACT - The frightened TM ran from Zim, as reported by Zim on the non-emergency call (NEC).FACT - Zim’s re-enactment of events differ from what we hear on the NEC.FACT - Liars lie to cover up the truth when the truth points to their guilt.FACT - Zim says he was attacked at the “T” (tee in the sidewalk), but the murder took place 50 ft south of the “T“.FACT - Wounds prove nothing other than the fact that Zim had wounds - they don’t prove who injured him or when.

FACT - Per EMT, Zim’s face and head was 45% covered with blood.FACT - DNA report states that Martin didn’t have any of Zim’s blood/DNA on his hands.FACT - That terrible beating Zim “says” he got, was not by Martin’s hands.FACT - Both Zim’s own lawyer and Judge Lester say Zim is a liar.

FACT - Several witnesses reported that it sounded like 3 or more persons arguing. FACT - Witness “John” said that 1) Martin was on top, 2) Zim was screaming, 3) Martin was throwing MMA style punches.FACT - Witness “John” said that he heard the gunshot as he was on the phone with 911.FACT - Witness “John” has recanted his statements concerning Zim screaming, and Martin throwing MMA style punches.FACT - The gunshot is time-stamped by 911 as 7:16FACT - Witness “John”’s call is time-stamped by 911 as 7:18. Witness “John” could not hear the shot when he says he does.FACT - Liars lie to cover up the truth, when the truth points to their guilt.FACT - ALL but one witness saw Zim on top.FACT - The orange “Country” jacket Zim had on didn’t have any gunpowder residueFACT - Zim had on a white T-shirtFACT - All witnesses thought it was Martin screaming.FACT - The FBI voice analyst said that he didn’t have scientific certainty as to who was screamingFACT - The other 3 voice analysts said that “in their expert opinion” it was not Zim screaming, and/or it was Martin.FACT - One voice analyst hears Martin saying “I’m begging you”, and “Stop”. He hears a deeper, older sounding voice saying, “What the f--k”. FACT - Zim’s ex-girlfriend filed the restraining order saying that Zim got angry because she wouldn’t let him stay the night.FACT - Zim counter filed for a restraining order against his ex saying that SHE got angry because HE wouldn’t stay the night.FACT - Zim’s MO is to attribute the behavior and words of his victim to himself, and his behavior and words to his victims. FACT - It makes no sense that Martin, who had previously ran from Zim, would confront Zim, and say, “you got a problem”.FACT - Zim says, “these A-holes always get away”. Zim also says, “these f--king goons”. FACT - Zim uses profanity thru-out the 4+ minute NEC.FACT - It makes no sense that Zim is screaming as he gets control of his gun, and (per his interview statement) aims it and shoots Martin.FACT - It makes no sense that Martin is screaming as he “punches” and “bashes” Zim.FACT - It makes perfect sense that Martin is screaming as Zim has gained control of the situation, is on top of Martin, and says, “You’re going to have to die tonight, M.F., you’re going to have to die.”FACT - Per the autopsy report, the bullet’s path was “directly, front to back” That means no angle, up or down, right or left.FACT - In the struggle described by Zim, you would expect a wound to Martin’s side.FACT - Per the laws of physics and anatomy, it would be impossible for Martin to speak with a collapsed lung.FACT - Its probable that Zim feared the words spoken that night were overheard, so he had to account for them using his previous MO, attributing his behavior/words to his victim.FACT - As Zim shoots Martin, it makes sense for HIM to say, “I got you M.F., I got you!FACT - It makes no sense that neither Zim or Martin identifies himself.FACT - Its probable that Zim says, “What the f--k”, as Martin identifies himself, saying he is going to this Father’s girlfriend house.FACT - As a criminal justice student, Zim probably could see his ambition of being a judge slipping away, as he probably realized that he had committed the following crimes against Martin: 1) racial profiling, 2) aggravated assault, 3) unlawful detainment and/or kidnapping, 4) Federal Hate CrimeFACT - Its probable that during the 45 seconds and 14 screams by Martin, Zim is figuring out what to do, and saying, “You’re going to have to die tonight, M.F. You’re going to have to die”.FACT - Zim probably figured he only had one option.FACT - Based on witnesses’ statements, the lack of blood on Zim’s clothing, the trajectory of the bullet, Zim is on top of Martin.FACT - Zim aims for Martin’s heart, and pulls the trigger.FACT - Zim had the ability and per FL Law, the legal obligation to withdraw before using deadly force.FACT - The time expired from when the gunshot is heard and when the officer reports he is on the scene, as noted by the 911 time-stamp is about 40 seconds.FACT - Zim does not call an ambulance, attempt CPR, or turn the body over to see where Martin is shot.FACT - Zim knows he shot Martin thru the heart.FACT - EMT’s took Zim’s vitals about 20 minutes after the shooting - Blood Pressure - NORMAL, Temperature - NORMAL, Pulse - NORMAL - highly ABNORMAL for someone after their first kill. FACT - ZIM admitted on MySpace that his friends went to jail, and he should have also, but his friends didn’t “snitch” on him.FACT - TM was suspended at some point for truancy.FACT - ZIM was arrested for assault on a LE Officer, but the charges were dropped because he went to a diversionary program and took anger management classes.FACT - TM was suspended 10 days at the of his murder for marijuana residue in a plastic bag.FACT - ZIM’S ex-girlfriend had a restraining order taken out against him, because she alleged he assaulted her.FACT - TM had an internet persona - just like many persons have - that doesn’t make it his real life persona. FACT - TM was staying with his Father and his Father’s girlfriend in that community.

FACT - Per Sanford PD - Martin wasn’t engaged in any illegal activity.FACT - Zim racially profiled Martin as a criminal, and followed/chased, pursued, and confronted Martin, and unarmed teenager, on a dark, rainy night, un-uniformed, unidentified, with a gun - the aforementioned behavior constitutes aggravated assault.FACT - The frightened TM ran from Zim, as reported by Zim on the non-emergency call (NEC).FACT - Zim’s re-enactment of events differ from what we hear on the NEC.FACT - Liars lie to cover up the truth when the truth points to their guilt.FACT - Zim says he was attacked at the “T” (tee in the sidewalk), but the murder took place 50 ft south of the “T“.FACT - Wounds prove nothing other than the fact that Zim had wounds - they don’t prove who injured him or when.

FACT - Per EMT, Zim’s face and head was 45% covered with blood.FACT - DNA report states that Martin didn’t have any of Zim’s blood/DNA on his hands.FACT - That terrible beating Zim “says” he got, was not by Martin’s hands.FACT - Both Zim’s own lawyer and Judge Lester say Zim is a liar.

FACT - Several witnesses reported that it sounded like 3 or more persons arguing. FACT - Witness “John” said that 1) Martin was on top, 2) Zim was screaming, 3) Martin was throwing MMA style punches.FACT - Witness “John” said that he heard the gunshot as he was on the phone with 911.FACT - Witness “John” has recanted his statements concerning Zim screaming, and Martin throwing MMA style punches.FACT - The gunshot is time-stamped by 911 as 7:16FACT - Witness “John”’s call is time-stamped by 911 as 7:18. Witness “John” could not hear the shot when he says he does.FACT - Liars lie to cover up the truth, when the truth points to their guilt.FACT - ALL but one witness saw Zim on top.FACT - The orange “Country” jacket Zim had on didn’t have any gunpowder residueFACT - Zim had on a white T-shirtFACT - All witnesses thought it was Martin screaming.FACT - The FBI voice analyst said that he didn’t have scientific certainty as to who was screamingFACT - The other 3 voice analysts said that “in their expert opinion” it was not Zim screaming, and/or it was Martin.FACT - One voice analyst hears Martin saying “I’m begging you”, and “Stop”. He hears a deeper, older sounding voice saying, “What the f--k”. FACT - Zim’s ex-girlfriend filed the restraining order saying that Zim got angry because she wouldn’t let him stay the night.FACT - Zim counter filed for a restraining order against his ex saying that SHE got angry because HE wouldn’t stay the night.FACT - Zim’s MO is to attribute the behavior and words of his victim to himself, and his behavior and words to his victims. FACT - It makes no sense that Martin, who had previously ran from Zim, would confront Zim, and say, “you got a problem”.FACT - Zim says, “these A-holes always get away”. Zim also says, “these f--king goons”. FACT - Zim uses profanity thru-out the 4+ minute NEC.FACT - It makes no sense that Zim is screaming as he gets control of his gun, and (per his interview statement) aims it and shoots Martin.FACT - It makes no sense that Martin is screaming as he “punches” and “bashes” Zim.FACT - It makes perfect sense that Martin is screaming as Zim has gained control of the situation, is on top of Martin, and says, “You’re going to have to die tonight, M.F., you’re going to have to die.”FACT - Per the autopsy report, the bullet’s path was “directly, front to back” That means no angle, up or down, right or left.FACT - In the struggle described by Zim, you would expect a wound to Martin’s side.FACT - Per the laws of physics and anatomy, it would be impossible for Martin to speak with a collapsed lung.FACT - Its probable that Zim feared the words spoken that night were overheard, so he had to account for them using his previous MO, attributing his behavior/words to his victim.FACT - As Zim shoots Martin, it makes sense for HIM to say, “I got you M.F., I got you!FACT - It makes no sense that neither Zim or Martin identifies himself.FACT - Its probable that Zim says, “What the f--k”, as Martin identifies himself, saying he is going to this Father’s girlfriend house.FACT - As a criminal justice student, Zim probably could see his ambition of being a judge slipping away, as he probably realized that he had committed the following crimes against Martin: 1) racial profiling, 2) aggravated assault, 3) unlawful detainment and/or kidnapping, 4) Federal Hate CrimeFACT - Its probable that during the 45 seconds and 14 screams by Martin, Zim is figuring out what to do, and saying, “You’re going to have to die tonight, M.F. You’re going to have to die”.FACT - Zim probably figured he only had one option.FACT - Based on witnesses’ statements, the lack of blood on Zim’s clothing, the trajectory of the bullet, Zim is on top of Martin.FACT - Zim aims for Martin’s heart, and pulls the trigger.FACT - Zim had the ability and per FL Law, the legal obligation to withdraw before using deadly force.FACT - The time expired from when the gunshot is heard and when the officer reports he is on the scene, as noted by the 911 time-stamp is about 40 seconds.FACT - Zim does not call an ambulance, attempt CPR, or turn the body over to see where Martin is shot.FACT - Zim knows he shot Martin thru the heart.FACT - EMT’s took Zim’s vitals about 20 minutes after the shooting - Blood Pressure - NORMAL, Temperature - NORMAL, Pulse - NORMAL - highly ABNORMAL for someone after their first kill. 

johnnycanuck56
johnnycanuck56

 hey twit

where do you see me say that I was ever beat up

of course I have followed your posts and from your racist drivel I suspect that you live your life in fear

Higgs Boson
Higgs Boson

 Here is what you can do to help George Zimmerman. The $1,000,000 bond had depleted his legal defene fund. This the only legitimate Zimmerman defense fund. www.gzdefensefund.com

magentapony44
magentapony44

DID YOU THINK GZ WOULD ADMIT TO STALKING MARTIN BESAUSE OF HIS COLOR?REALLLY? THEN WHY DIDN'T HE FOLLOW EVERYONE HE SAW WALKING THAT NIGHT??EH? THIS ISN'T ROCKRT SCIENCE,  PEOPLE! IF THE KID WAS CLIMBING INTO SOMEONE'S WINDOW  OR BREAKING INTO A CAR OR MOLESTING A WOMAN IN THE STREET?  NO ? NONE OF THOSE THINGS? WELL THEN I GUESS IT WAS BECAUSE THE KID, GOD REST HIS YOUNG SOUL WAS BLACK!!IF HE DIDM'T PLAS ON KILLING HIM HE WOULD HAVE ID'D HIMSELF LIKE ANY NORMAL HUMAN BEING WOULD DO-BUT COP WANNABE GZ HAD A

PLAN...THIS CASE STINKS! WHEN YOU SHOOT SOMEONE IN THE  CHEST AND THEY ARE ON TOP OF YOU YOU WILL HAVE THEIR BLOOD ALL OVER YOU-

IT'S DAMN EMBARRASING THAT THERE ARE STILL SO MANY RACISTS IN THIS COUNTRY! I AM A GORGEOUS WHITE GIRL AND I WAR MY BLASK HOODIE ALL WINTER UNLESS I AM SHOWING PROPERTIES- HE AND HIS WIFE ARE BOTH LYING PIGS-LET THESE GZ SUPPORTERS HAVE SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPEN TO A KID OF THEIRS-AND WATCH EM CHANGE THEIR TUNE

maryjmoon
maryjmoon

Grass on Zimmerman's jacket does not prove Travon 'attacked' him and it's wrong to assume so. Travon could have easily been standing HIS ground against the aggressive Zimmerman confronting him. Who is to say Zimmerman didn't push Martin first? 

Pistol-Packing
Pistol-Packing

it still is amazing that even after all this time, the left wing media still chooses to use a 5 year old picture of an angelic 12 year old, not the 17 year old he was. And there is a difference....

Deborah Pearson Roker
Deborah Pearson Roker

f_galton ...Yes, the burden of proof is on the defense.

Stand your ground is not a defense, but an immunity statute, providing immunity from criminal prosecution. It is a bar to prosecution (and yes, arrest.)

A defendant charged with a crime who wants to raise Stand your Ground files a motion to dismiss claiming stand your ground immunizes him from prosecution. Here is a typical motion, filed in another case in December, 2011. Here's another filed in January, 2012.

A hearing is held before trial. The burden is on the defendant to prove by a preponderance of evidence that stand your ground immunity applies.

The judge weighs the facts. If the judge agrees the defendant has shown stand your ground immunity applies by a preponderance of evidence, the charges are dismissed. The defendant can't be prosecuted.

http://www.talkleft.com/story/...

Mittens!
Mittens!

Geez Louise, lousy job by the writer...How bout this.

The 7-11 clerk did not remember Trayvon.   He did not look suspicious  to him

That Zimmerman told Chris SerinSo on Feb 29 that during the cop assault in 2005  he didn't know he was a cop  until afters, however the cop said he ID himself.

That Zimmerman told his friends he was following Trayvon but tells Serino on Feb 29 that he was NOT following Trayvon.

That it is very possible Zimmerman simply cut his head when he claimed he fell backwards.

Gary
Gary

 Martin was giving Zimmerman an unwanted lap dance and punches to the face.

Martin got his Justice.

A good kid would have gone home when he had the chance.

Gary
Gary

Amy Friedman,  How could you and time use those very old and undated photos now when many others are available?  I question your judgement, journalistic integrity and  biased reporting.

Also Zimmerman turned the other cheek to Martin and got another black eye.  he waited a very long time to stop Martin.

    Trayvon could have just walked home, or ran home or called 911 or got his father involved. But no, Trayvon attacked and then got his justice.

EdwardHerrero
EdwardHerrero

@kiashine6 I just want to point out that Zimmerman and his lawyer did not claim the stand your ground law during the actual trial. Apparently the law didn't even apply to the case.

FredGoepfert
FredGoepfert

@Louis Bocchetti 

Racist ignorance. 

How about this:

All people who are Italian are mafia thugs!

Somepeopleneedhelp
Somepeopleneedhelp

A Black Thug...lol....if you pursue someone is not called DEFENDING YOURSELF you idiot...

justme6970
justme6970

i agree 100% and 

im sorry but this is how i see it....................if george couldnt make out if 

Trayvon Martin was black because of his hoody how could he think he was on drugs........... wasnt his hoody covering his face im sorry i feel that george is lying to save his butt because 

Trayvon Martin cannot defend the story

shanob
shanob

The witnesses who say punches were being thrown have backed off that assertion.  Now all anyone is saying is that they saw two people  "struggling".  I am sure Trayvon held George down for as long as he was able while calling for help that never came.

AndrewK777
AndrewK777

@Higgs Boson 

What can I do to help Martin? Oh yeah, I can't help him now. Zimmerman murdered him. 

f_galton
f_galton

The burden of proof is on the prosecution.

bmhay1
bmhay1

I'm sure TM was standing his ground against aggressor GZ.

justme6970
justme6970

dont matter why was he carryin a gun? and 

im sorry but this is how i see it....................if george couldnt make out if 

Trayvon Martin was black because of his hoody how could he think he was on drugs........... wasnt his hoody covering his face im sorry i feel that george is lying to save his butt because 

Trayvon Martin cannot defend the story

Deborah Pearson Roker
Deborah Pearson Roker

So what? After all this time, everyone knows Martin was 17 and did not look like that anymore. As a matter of fact, he had just turned 17. Anyone who wants to, can easily locate a current photo.  

f_galton
f_galton

From that link (the blog of a left wing lawyer):

"the prosecution must prove his guilt at the jury trial beyond a reasonable doubt. Which means, if the defendant raises self-defense or stand your ground at trial and gets the jury instruction, the state, which has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, must disprove self-defense. If the jury has a doubt, the defendant must be acquitted."

shanob
shanob

Also, the witnesses who claimed to see punches thrown have amended their statement to seeing a "struggle"  not punches thrown.  If George had not been trigger happy, the cops came 40 seconds later and could have saved martin.  George is the thug on drugs, prescription speed and tranquilizers.  If he was a good guy, he would have told Trayvon who he was instead of acting like a creepy stalker and assaulting this teen for no good reason except his fantasies of power and control.

shanob
shanob

So, you say that Martin had no right to be talking on the phone outside his domicile? Martin had as much right to be where he was as George had.  he was having a phone conversation.  Yes, we know George had murder in his heart, but Trayvon did not know that, he thought he had lost this creepy stalker once, but there he is again, following him!  Why does George neglect to identify himself?  Why doesn't Zimmerman tell Martin he has called the cops and they are on the way?  How do we know George didn't snort a couple of crushed Adderal pills before he went out the door that night?  he was probably speeding out of his mind.

Reggie LeBlanc
Reggie LeBlanc

He was just walking him, and he tried to run, when that failed, he hid....but Zim found him.  Martin rounded the corner of the first building, with Zim in hot pursuit.  Martin hid instead of kept running, so as not to get a bullet in the back.  Trayvon was on the phone with his girlfriend.  Who attacks someone while they are on the phone?  NO ONE.  Zim was probably staring at Martin, finding him in his (Martin's) hiding place, as he hung up the phone with the dispatcher.  Martin's g/f hears, "get off, get off".  That's the beginning of Zim trying to detain Martin.

MatthewHudson
MatthewHudson

The 911 tape was clear, Zimmerman followed Martin from a safe distance, and did not engage as per the 911 call.  He saw Martin take off running toward the back entrance of the complex and was heading to the mailboxes in the middle of the area.  Martin clearly approached him, he'd done it before, before he ran off.  I hate how you people post ten year old pictures of a 6'4 160lb teenager.  Why not show his facebook page with him doing the gang signs and covered in tattoos?

shanob
shanob

No you are wrong.  in any self defense claim, the burden of proof is on the claimant.  George must prove that he acted in self defense.  His injuries do not support this claim, nor does the timeline of events.

f_galton
f_galton

I'm sure you suffer from GRIDS.

SimplyMe
SimplyMe

@justme6970 What do you mean why was he carrying a gun ? You have the right to Thats you're right to bear arms. Stuff like this happen all the time. Zimmerman isn't racists , smh

shanob
shanob

First of all, a SYG case is not held in front of a jury.  A judge decides if there will be a trial or if the defendant has a valid claim.  In a self defense trial, the person claiming self defense must take the stand and be open to cross examination.  O'Mara will not want to take this chance.

Deborah Pearson Roker
Deborah Pearson Roker

I don't think you really even look at the evidence. If you did, you would see the different versions that Zimmerman tells. They all contradict each other. One big example is the re-enactment video in which Zimmerman adds all kinds of things to the 911 call (which we all heard). He even says the 911 operator told him to continue on after he told him (Zimmerman) "we don't need you to do that". I never heard the operator say that, did you? He also makes up this conversation in which he says the 911 operator is asking him since he doesn't see him (Martin) anymore, does he still want an officer to come out. I didn't hear anything like that, did you? He also says he told the operator to have the officer meet him (Zimmerman) at his truck, but we all heard him say on the 911 call for the operator to have the officer call him(Zimmerman) on his cell phone and he'll tell the officer where he is.  Again, why would a jury doubt? 

Deborah Pearson Roker
Deborah Pearson Roker

What's your point? If there is a trial, that means there was already a stand your ground hearing and at said hearing, the defendant was deemed ineligible to claim self defense under stand you ground. So, in the words of bmhay1 "Why would a jury doubt?"

bmhay1
bmhay1

Why would a jury doubt?

AndrewK777
AndrewK777

@SimplyMe  

There is no doubt that Zimmerman killed the kid. We will see if his claims stand up to scrutiny. So far, there are a heck of a lot of holes in his story. 

SimplyMe
SimplyMe

@shanob The burden of the proof is on prosecution. YOU are innocent until proven GUILTY . The prosecution has to find proof to prove you GUILTY

f_galton
f_galton

The above quote was written by an attorney. Even if Zimmerman is no granted immunity at the "stand your ground" hearing, he can still claim self defense at trial, and the burden of proof will be on the prosecution.

f_galton
f_galton

Slight variations in his story are to be expected.

f_galton
f_galton

My point is none of the people who have concluded Zimmerman is guilty are able to cite any actual evidence supporting a charge of second degree murder.

bmhay1
bmhay1

@f_galton....you are highly insulting, somewhat ignorant, and belligerent, and apparently a racist!  I am female, white, age 64, highly educated, fair, open, honest, have a CCW and have carried a gun for 25 years.  Good day, don't write to me again, I will ignore any  further comments.

f_galton
f_galton

Are you black? Learn how to read.